A television series about ways to ensure children’s educational success

June 11, 2003

The Series… September 2002 marked the beginning of the first full school year under the No Child Left Behind Act and signifies the start of a historic, new era in education. To help parents understand the new law and all the important changes it will bring, the U.S. Department of Education launched a new monthly television series entitled Education News Parents Can Use.

The Format… The new program takes the place of the Department’s Satellite Town Meeting and keeps many of its predecessor’s signature features—the live format, viewer call-ins, and lively discussion. What is different about Education News is its focus on information and resources of value to parents and families. The program features brief segments, including one-on-one interviews, “how-to” demonstrations, more video and graphics, and brief conversations with parents, educators, community, business and religious leaders, and education experts.

The Schedule… On the third Tuesday of each month during the school year, Education News provides parents with the tools and information they need to be effectively involved in their children’s learning. This is your opportunity to ask a question of the experts and the other participants—drawn from communities like yours—on what works to improve teaching and learning in schools and in the home.

The Audience… Education News’ target audience is an informed citizenry—parents and educators with a general knowledge of but strong interest in education. In many communities, parents, teachers, business leaders and others may watch together and have their own discussions. Other registrants are actually local television outlets that broadcast the program live on cable access, including school board and other educational channels. The program is also rebroadcast on the Discovery Networks’ TLC (The Learning Channel), the Channel One Network, and some Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations.

Questions… If you have any comments or questions, feel free to send a message to our E-MAIL event box at, Education.TV@ed.gov or call us at 1-800-USA-LEARN.